Artist under spotlight: Henryk Stażewski
Henryk Stażewski. Late Style is a major exhibition exploring the life and work of one of Poland’s most significant artists. A pioneer in the European avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s, Stażewski enjoyed a full and rich ‘second’ career in post-war Poland that lasted more than 40 years until his death in 1988. The exhibition features works which have rarely been shown before including the artist’s sketches for propaganda panels for the Regained Territories Exhibition in Wrocław in 1948, a copy of a 1915 Suprematist painting by Kazimir Malevich made by Stażewski in the 1960s, and a sublime ‘non-objective’ scheme that he created for an exhibition in the Warsaw apartment-gallery run by Andrzej and Emilia Dłużniewski in Warsaw during Martial Law in 1982.
As a continuation of the series of articles Artist under spotlight, the exhibition's team offers a glimpse into the narrative and curatorial concept of the exhibition, as well as some stories about the artist's work through the ages: